The 5th National Spelling Bee was held at the National Museum in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 1929, by the Louisville Courier-Journal. Scripps-Howard would not sponsor the Bee until 1941.
The winner was 12-year-old Virginia Hogan of Nebraska, correctly spelling the word luxuriance, followed by asceticism. In second place came Viola Strbac of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (who had failed to properly spell luxuriance), followed by Teru Hayashi of New Jersey, a Japanese-American who stumbled on "panacea."
Nebraska did not have another winner until the 40th Bee in 1967.